The United Illuminating Co. (UI) has established programs to help replace damaged trees and spread public awareness of the importance of not planting trees where they will conflict with utility lines. Planting appropriate species of trees in locations where they won\u2019t interfere with overhead lines can reduce the need for utilities to remove or prune healthy trees that have grown too close to power lines, according to UI officials. The programs were started after all the damage from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. United Illuminating is the main electric provider in Shelton, serving 17,825 customers in the city. The electric company has a \u201cRight Tree, Right Place\u201d outreach campaign to educate customers about proper planting. Provides grants to plant trees Also, UIL Holdings Inc. (UI\u2019s parent company) has established grants \u2014 dubbed Tree Renewal and Environmental Education (TREE) grants \u2014 to help community organizations replace trees lost during storms, and to make sure they\u2019re planted where they won\u2019t interfere with nearby utilities. The grants include a public-education component, requiring recipients to spread the word about \u201cRight Tree, Right Place.\u201d Some recent TREE grants have gone to: \u2014 Fairfield Beach Residents Association to replace trees lost to Sandy. \u2014 Milford Trees Inc. to plant trees at a park and playground. \u2014 Groundwork Bridgeport to plant trees at Bridgeport\u2019s Beardsley Zoo. \u2014 Lordship Improvement Association of Stratford to establish trees and shrubs at Kidd\u2019s Bluff and other town parks. \u2018Helping the public make choices\u2019 John J. Prete, chief operating officer of UI electric operations, said the company is \u201cpleased to be able to help plant trees and beautify neighborhoods, while helping the public make choices that can avert some of the problems we\u2019ve seen in the past when storms come through. \u201cTrees are an important part of Connecticut\u2019s urban and rural landscape,\u201d Prete continued, \u201cand making the right choices when you\u2019re planting can help ensure the trees are protected and don\u2019t threaten nearby utility services.\u201d For information about \u201cRight Tree, Right Place,\u201d go to uinet.com.